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Absence and Late Procedures

Absence Monitoring

Keeping accurate, detailed attendance records is a legal requirement of all schools. Therefore, if your child is absent from school for any reason, please help us by providing either written or verbal notification of this on the first day of absence and any subsequent days. There is an early morning telephone answering service on the normal school contact number (0121 422 5336 option 1) where you can leave a telephone message stating your child’s name, class and the nature of their illness (please be specific). This message will then be picked up by the office staff who will inform class teachers and update registers.

If your child arrives late after the playground gates have closed, they will need to be brought into the main entrance of school and signed in by an accompanying adult. Likewise, if they need to leave school during the course of the day, for example for a medical appointment, parents will need to collect children from the school office where proof of the appointment will be requested and they will be signed out. Routine medical appointments should be made outside of the school day and during school holidays wherever possible.

Parents should avoid booking family holidays in term time to minimise the impact on pupils’ learning. Head Teachers are no longer permitted to grant any leave of absence in term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. This does not include family holidays. Please see the school’s Attendance Policy if you require further information regarding this.

The School Day

8.45am ~ Bell rings for Reception up to Year 6 to come into school

8.55am ~ Registers close (Any children who arrive after this time will be recorded as late.)

10.30-10.45 am ~ KS1 Break Time

11:00-11.15 am ~ KS2 Break Time

12.00-1:00pm ~ Lunch (KS1 lunch)

12:30-1:15pm – Lunch (KS2 lunch)

3:10pm – Reception day ends

3.15pm ~ School ends for Year 1 up to Year 6

3.20pm ~ children are sent to office for late collection procedure

When dropping off your children before school, we kindly ask that parents remain on the KS1 playground. On most occasions there will be a member of staff on duty before school who is available to pass on non-urgent messages to your child’s class teacher.

Whenever possible Miss Hart will be standing on the playground and Miss Summers on Brennand Road by the gate, we are always happy to address any general queries. Mr Durham will close and lock the gates at 9.00am and 3.30pm and as such, we appreciate you leaving the playground in a timely manner at the beginning and end of the day. Early drop off/Late collection fees of £5 per 5 minutes will be applied and failure to make payment may result in legal proceedings.

If you would like to see your child’s class teacher about a more in-depth matter, either send a note to the teacher or call or drop in to the school office so that an appointment can be made. Due to safeguarding, we politely request that parents or other adults do not enter school through any door other than the main entrance where a signing in system is available. The school office is open between 8.30am and 4.00pm daily.

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